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April 2, 2012

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Ramadan 2012 Prep: The various things that we need to work on…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

Insha-Allah, I’ll be starting a new series on preparing for Ramadan 2012 (much like the ones I had the previous 2 years).

I think that all of us need to work on the following ahead of Ramadan:

1) Ibaadah (worship)

This includes our prayers, fasting, charity, dua (supplication), adhkar (remembrance), reciting the Quran, etc. 

2) Seeking knowledge

This is something that each and every one of us needs to do: seek knowledge.

Why? Because we need to worship Allah based on knowledge, not on our own fantasies, desires or logic.

So in order for us to worship Him based on knowledge, we need to learn this knowledge first. Simple, isn’t it?

Insha-Allah, the first few posts of this series will focus on this aspect because this is the main problem that most people have (from what I’ve seen anyway).

I’m going to cover learning Arabic (and understanding the Quran), as well as give an overview of the various sciences of Islam.

3) Health and Fitness

[Yes, I am rather obsessed with this topic. I’m sure you’ve noticed.]

So, we want to fast the whole day (without sleeping) and not end up stuffing our faces at iftar time.

We also want to then stand up in prayer the whole night without dozing off.

Okay, this is not going to happen if the only time we use the word “walk” in our daily lives is “I’m going to walk to the elevator.”

We need to MOVE. And we also need to eat properly.

This is our third major problem (after lack of knowledge and ibaadah). It’s one of the reasons why many of us are always tired. We’re just not fit enough.

So, in order for us NOT to sleepwalk through Ramadan, we have to start working on this aspect.

4) Logistics and planning

Okay, I wasn’t sure how to phrase this one. What I meant was all the other stuff that we need to take care of.

For example, suppose you are not sure what you’ll be doing come July and August (especially as this is holiday time for most people). You need to plan and make sure that the environment you’ll be in is conducive to having a proper Ramadan.

Many people want to have their summer holidays so they go abroad. Well, one needs to make sure that they aren’t going for Kenyan safaris during Ramadan, if you know what I mean.

So, those are the four areas that I plan to cover, inshaAllah.

[I had originally planned to make worksheets as I’ve found them to be very helpful, but seeing that most people have difficulty finding time to participate in polls and surveys, etc, I realised that it wouldn’t be very helpful because most people wouldn’t use them.]

Are there any others that you can think of? If so, please do share, barakallahu feekum.

As for the other series, yes, I plan to continue with them as well, insha-Allah. This will include the Lord of the Worlds series.

Are there any other things that you’d like me to focus on? Or any particular topics that you’d like me to address? As I’ve said before, this is our blog, not my blog.

[I’ve read all the previous suggestions and I plan to implement them, insha-Allah. I meant something else in addition to these.]

Lastly, please remember that if we truly want something, we will put in the effort. [Remember this post?]

PS. I don’t think I’ll be very consistent in posting for the next 2.5 months because of other work that I need to focus on. I’ll try, insha-Allah but no promises.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. faizalovesfood
    Apr 3 2012

    Alhamdullilah we’ve planned our trip based on Ramadan, (took the Kenyan Safari in Dec., and tried to introduce Islam to the Masaai- no jokes. My hubbie and son were doing the Athaan in the wild). I would suggest a class to prepare for Ramadan if you can manage this. I learned so much from your previousness classes, would really love it if I could learn more in person. Jzk

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    • Umm Muawiyah
      Apr 3 2012

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      [I just googled “Masaai”. Interesting. May Allah guide them to Islam. And may Allah reward you and your family for the dawah.]

      Actually, I have officially retired from teaching. I prefer writing. So….

      The only classes that I still give are one-on-ones for those going for Hajj or Umrah. Feel free to call if you’re going, insha-Allah.

      Barakallahu feek.

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